Head of Electrical Engineering (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 04/2021

Job offer from April 16, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a world-leading institute in the development of ground- and space-based instrumentation for infrared/submm-, high energy-, and optical astronomy. We are Principal Investigator of several major experiments for large ground based telescopes (e.g. VLT(I), LBT, E-ELT) and space missions (e.g. XMM-Newton, Herschel, eROSITA). Our instrument program deploys state-of the art electrical engineering and manufacturing.

The MPE invites applications for the position of the Head of Electrical Engineering (m/f/d) Job code: 04/2021.

The position

Together with your engineering team you will be responsible for the electrical design of our ambitious instruments. You will follow all project phases from the conceptual design up to the final assembly and tests. You will further represent MPE in technical matters towards our industrial partners and international agencies (ESO, ESA), and you will coordinate the placement of orders and supervise the contractual relationships.

Your profile

Applicants should have a M.Eng., M.Sc. or Ph.D. in electrical engineering or in an equivalent field and should have several years of experience in the electrical design of scientific instruments, ideally in an international research institution. We further expect professional expertise in one or several areas of analog- and digital design, electronic drive systems, dynamics control, CE-certification, EMC, software design, and the willingness to familiarize yourself with new technologies. Ideally you should have already supervised a small team of engineers and technicians. It is self-evident that you are fluent in English and German.

Our offer

MPE is offering an outstanding scientific environment in the prospering Campus of Garching, hosting multiple Departments of the Technical University of Munich, several Max-Planck-Institutes, and the European Southern Observatory. Together with our project scientists and engineers you will participate in the most exciting frontiers of space technology and astronomy.

We offer an attractive remuneration package and social benefits in accordance with the regulations for public employees (TVöD). Your workplace can be easily reached by public transport, and there are plenty of parking spaces. A Childcare facility is also on the Campus.

Please visit https://www.mpe.mpg.de/main for more information about the institute.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


We’re looking forward to receive your application including a letter of motivation, CV and related certificates. Please submit your application before May 7, 2021, preferably electronically as a single pdf file on our application platform.

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